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Next Generation helps companies with strategic advice on sustainable development through social innovation. We have honed our skills with more than 20 years’ experience in a wide range of fields across Africa. We were honoured to have been nominated for Most Empowered South African Companies by Topco in 2014 and 2015 and for the Best South African Company SMME Awards by the African Growth Institute in 2015.

We want to keep on transforming Africa by improving companies’ competitiveness, growth and sustainability without losing sight of economy, environment or community. Our aim is to transform business into profitable, sustainable and responsible organisations that deliver shared value.

For a summary of Next Generation’s services and expertise, see our service sheet.

Below, you’ll find articles either written by us or mentioning us with regard to our Investment Impact IndexTM, our recent trend releases and other corporate social investment matters.

 

 

 

Corporate social investment – from feeble to forceful, through effective management

NGO Pulse
24 May 2018 (originally published 9 January 2013)

Next Generation’s article discusses the benefits of CSI and how measurement can improve CSI efforts and add bottom-line value to businesses.

 

 

In hindsight: Social development and investment in Africa

The for good blog
26 April 2018

This blog reports on Next Generation’s Innovation and Impact 2018 CSI trends research report. It deals specifically with the investment and development trends on the African continent.

 

 

Social investors now want to see impact, sustainability – and ROI

BEE News
18 April 2018

This article reports on Next Generation’s 2018 trends research report. It discusses the 10 most significant developments that took place in 2017 that were identified as shaping the social investment, development and innovation landscape.

 

 

In social investment, it’s now about hard evidence and measured impact

CSR NewsSA
16 April 2018

This article talks about the strongest and weakest development portfolios that Next Generation identified as a result of its impact assessment methodology – the Investment Impact Index™.

 

 

Calculating ROI from your corporate community engagement

Community Voice0
19 November 2017

In this article, Alison Cundiff reports on how community engagement can add value to business, using Reana Rossouw’s advice on what companies can do to measure the return on investment and impact of their corporate community engagement.

 

 

Implementing social innovation strategies at a systemic level: A wish list for 2018

Press office: Bizcommunity
1 September 2017

In this media release, Reana Rossouw provides insight into the CSI trends that are forecasted for 2018.

 

Growing pressure to validate social investment

Ubuntu

Next Generation’s Investment Impact Index™ is presented as a solution to measuring impact and return on investment in communities.

 

 

No stone unturned

JSE Magazine supplement

In this article, Silke Colquhoun argues that even though the mining industry outspends every other sector in South Africa, it should also generate impact in uplifting its workers and host communities. Reana Rossouw provides background on the mining sector’s contributions and discusses shared value created by the industry.

 

 

Measuring the impact of CSI

Mail & Guardian
29 April 2016

In this article, Dale Hess discusses the importance of knowing whether corporate investment is working or not. Reana Rossouw provides an overview of the aspects of impact assessment which businesses could use to assess the true impact of their CSI programmes.

 

 

CSI needs to adapt amid economic crisis

Mail & Guardian
29 April 2016

In this article, Dale Hess explores the impact of the economic crisis on CSI contributions. Reana Rossouw offers a reminder that resources are too scarce to waste on low-impact projects. Impact assessments could help companies understand what works and what doesn’t.

 

 

Corporate social investment – from feeble to forceful, through effective management

DareThink
13 March 2016

In this summary article of an NGO Pulse article by Next Generation, Kodi Ekenta focuses on CSI’s potential to improve a company’s reputation, profitability and sustainability, stakeholder relationships and other intangible factors such as increased market share and compliance. The scoring process developed by Next Generation provides an assessment tool to measure the return on investment of CSI on both financial and non-financial factors of the business and its trading/operating environment.

 

 

Socio-economic development in Africa – a new era dawning

How we made it in Africa: Africa Business Insight
20 November 2011

Reana Rossouw talks about why western development models can’t simply be duplicated and implemented without understanding local complexities. Using examples from Rwanda, South Africa, Ghana and Kenya, she argues that the people of Africa already have deep-seated development knowledge and the skills to provide socio-economic solutions that are sustainable.

 

Next Generation’s owner-director, Reana Rossouw, is one of Africa’s leading experts on social innovation, impact measurement and sustainable development. She often speaks at conferences, trains many development practitioners in a year and is the author of our three guidebooks. She was nominated for the Global Women Leadership Achievement Awards in India in 2016 and the South African Business Awards by Global Media in 2017.

If you have questions on social innovation, contact Reana Rossouw.

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